"Knesset member Meirav Ben-Ari of the Kulanu party revealed that she is pregnant with the child of a gay friend with whom she plans to start a family.

Ben-Ari, 40, announced her pregnancy in an extensive interview with the Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper ahead of the Jewish New Year, saying that she was aware that as a single woman, rumors would quickly spread about her personal life.

“I don’t want to set off a rumor mill, with people wondering how a single woman at the Knesset is suddenly pregnant. So I’m saying it out right: I’m pregnant and everything’s alright,” Ben-Ari said. “I’m not the first MK to get pregnant, but I am the first single MK to get pregnant by a gay friend without getting married.”

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TimesOfIsrael.com čet 20. oktobar 2016., 17:58
 
"I met Shimon Peres for the first time back in 1981 when, as head of the Labor Party, he was running for prime minister against Menachem Begin, leader of the Likud Party. At that time, Peres was on the hawkish side—best known for his work in building up his country’s military might as Israel’s youngest deputy minister of defense.

Over time, Peres became convinced that his country needed peace, and he pursued it with a vengeance. As foreign minister in the early 1990s, he secretly negotiated the Oslo Accords with PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat behind the back of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin—who reluctantly went along with the deal in the end. All three would win the Nobel Prize in 1994, but peace would not come as easily as Peres had hoped. Peres never gave up his belief that peace was possible."

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Slate čet 20. oktobar 2016., 17:55
 
"A Jewish World War II prisoner of war appeared in an ad for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, saying her rival Donald Trump “insulted all of our military.”

The ad released Friday on social media shows Joel Sollender, 91, of San Diego, Calif., watching Trump, the Republican nominee, disparaging Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., last year during the lead-up to the primaries. McCain and Trump differed on immigration issues, and Trump had called McCain a “dummy.”

The ad includes a segment of a political event in Iowa in which Frank Luntz, a Republican pollster, challenges Trump for using the pejorative and says that McCain is a war hero."

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JTA.org uto 20. septembar 2016., 22:30
 
"We live in a time of populism and resistance. With the rise of disruptive radicals like Donald Trump and Jeremy Corbyn, and the suspicion of government power—urgent but philosophically vapid—stoked by figures like Julian Assange and Edward Snowden, we have entered an era of easy answers and oppositional nihilism whose political keynote is wild paranoia. It’s no wonder then that anti-Jewish agitation is on the rise. In the UK, the center-Left Labour Party is melting down in a series of anti-Semitic scandals. Here at home, supporters of Donald Trump use social media to launch anti-Semitic attacks on Jewish reporters, while there is a notable quickening of anti-Jewish agitation in a setting where we expect liberal values to flourish most—the American university.

Fogging the windshield for Americans when it comes to examining the rise of anti-Semitism is the subject of racism—or more precisely, the widespread discussion on the left about the experience of “privilege” and the desire to reevaluate racism in light of the dynamics of power. The present thinking on the left has important negative consequences for Jews—mainly to erase, excuse, and even encourage the age-old and often murderous bigotry against them."

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Tabletmag.com pet 29. juli 2016., 16:46
 
"WHILE the rings that celebrities choose to celebrate their happy-ever-afters seem to get bigger and more sparkly at every starry nuptial, it appears that one Hollywood couple was determined to buck the trend."

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Vogue pet 29. juli 2016., 16:39
 
"Elie Wiesel, the Nobel prize–winning Holocaust survivor who died last week at 87, was a prolific author. He was an outspoken activist. He was a distinguished professor and lifelong student of long-standing cultural and religious traditions of storytelling.

Yet in a 2006 interview, Wiesel shared that when Orson Welles approached him about making a film adaptation of Night, his masterful autobiographical account of the Holocaust, he refused. He wrote silences between his words, he explained, and film left no room for those silences."

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Slate sub 9. juli 2016., 18:28
 
"Efraim Zuroff has accomplished much in his long career, but there’s one thing he’s particularly proud of: He’s the most hated Jew in Lithuania.

His Lithuanian friend Ruta Vanagaite agrees: She called him a “mammoth,” a “boogeyman” and the “ruiner of reputations”—and that’s just in the introduction to a book they co-authored.


Last summer, in a journey that helped cement his notoriety, Zuroff set off across the Lithuanian countryside in a gray SUV with Vanagaite, an author best known for a book about women finding happiness after age 50. Their goal: to visit some of the nation’s more than 200 sites of mass murder during World War II. On the road, between destinations, they talked and talked, recording their conversations. The trip formed the basis of their 2016 book, Our People: Journey With an Enemy, an instant best-seller in Lithuania. It also ignited a rancorous debate among Lithuanians, who have long downplayed their country’s considerable role in the Holocaust."

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Newsweek sub 9. juli 2016., 18:26
 
"A senior Hamas official with extensive knowledge of the terrorist organization’s network of tunnels has surrendered to Israel, Haaretz reported Tuesday, citing reports from Fatah-affiliated websites.

Bassam Mahmoud Baraka, the son of a Hamas-affiliated religious judge, is said to have turned himself in to Israeli authorities at the border fence between Gaza and Israel while carrying a laptop. He reportedly told his family that he was leaving to run errands and never returned. The Red Cross has informed his family that he was in Israeli custody, the reports added."

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TheTower.org sub 9. juli 2016., 18:20
 
"In the mid-1950s, Primo Levi often travelled to Germany on business as an industrial chemist. It would have been bad for business if he could not, at some level, accommodate the country that had degraded him as a Jew at Auschwitz. In his memoir of his survival in the camp, If This Is a Man (1947), the Germans are addressed aggressively in the vocative: “You Germans, you have succeeded”. Any German who had shown Levi a scintilla of humanity in occupied Poland – and there were a few – is pointedly omitted. In a “judicial enquiry pervaded by indignation” (as Levi described his book), minor acts of German charity would have been a distraction. Yet the fact remains that there are not even half-decent Germans in If This Is a Man. Only in his later writing would Levi consider the exceptions that defied the stereotype: the good German, the charitable Kapo."

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Time sub 9. juli 2016., 18:18
 
"The artists of the country are the people you need to communicate with and make a relationship with and learn from and build upon."
Helen Mirren said Wednesday she was a "believer" in Israel and rejected efforts to boycott it.

The Oscar-winning actress showered Israeli artists with praise and said she opposed both the efforts by pro-Palestinian groups to boycott them and the decision of some international artists to shun Israel."

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Hollywood Reporter uto 28. juni 2016., 21:55
 
"Is there anything that you won't joke about?

Nothing is taboo if you have an angle on it. That said, critiquing women's human shells isn't my thang. Though there's probably something funny or interesting to be said about those who do it, and what that comes from. Not to be all PC. But I'm guessing that would be the area of the fresh angle on that shit."

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Elle uto 28. juni 2016., 21:52
 
"An example of how forensic architecture can be used to set the record straight is on display at this year’s Venice Architecture Biennale. Titled “The Evidence Room,” it runs though November 27.

An exhibit about Auschwitz might seem out of place in an international gathering that typically showcases state-of-the-art architecture and cutting-edge building materials. (The massive show features the work of 88 architects in the main exhibition, plus works by architects representing their counties in 63 national pavilions.) However, this year’s Biennale is titled “Reporting from the Front” and the show’s curator, Alejandro Aravena, indicated that his agenda is to highlight how architecture can be utilized to further humanitarian aims.

Case in point: Robert Jan van Pelt, the curator of “The Evidence Room” and a professor at Canada’s University of Waterloo, tells JTA he considers Auschwitz’s crematorium “the most important building of the 20th century.”

But his assessment isn’t based on aesthetic merits — it’s “for the simple reason that it had changed the course of history,” he explains."
TimesOfIsrael.com uto 28. juni 2016., 21:50
 
"The editor of the United Kingdom’s leading Jewish newspaper hailed the Brexit vote on Friday, arguing that it will reduce anti-Semitism and extremism in British society.

“It’s certainly a truism that when times are troubled, the Jews are often the first target,” wrote Stephen Pollard, editor of The Jewish Chronicle. “But the referendum demand from voters that we regain control over immigration isn’t an attack on immigrants, on foreigners – or on Jews. It’s an attack on people being denied any say on a core issue of politics.”

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TheTower.org ned 26. juni 2016., 20:51
 
"Jewish writers and other public figures have gotten used to seeing their names pop up in forums and Twitter mentions with three parentheses around their name. Yair Rosenberg, a senior writer at the Jewish magazine Tablet, might see something like this: (((Yair Rosenberg))) or (((Rosenberg))). Rosenberg has known for years that those parentheses are a secret code used by neo-Nazis to call out that Rosenberg is Jewish—a signal that he’s being watched or at least noticed by people who hate him.

“They want Jews to know they’re going after them,” Rosenberg told me. “It’s a signal to Jews and it’s a signal to people in their own group. It’s not that they want it to be a secret, but they don’t want to explain it to people. It’s a wink and a nod to other neo-Nazis and to Jews.”

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Vice.com sub 11. juni 2016., 19:30
 
"Iranian supreme leader Ali Khamenei on Monday said the United States cannot “do a damn thing” about the Islamic Republic’s ballistic missile program.

“They have engaged in a lot of hue and cry over Iran’s missile capabilities, but they should know that this ballyhoo does not have any influence and they cannot do a damn thing,” Khamenei said, according to the semi-official Fars News Agency."

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TimesOfIsrael.com pet 27. maj 2016., 14:49
 
"Dolphin espionage? Magic vegetables? In addition to being hateful, anti-Semites are often hilarious."

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Tabletmag.com sub 21. maj 2016., 17:25
 
"These are gruelling times for those in Europe who identify themselves as Jewish or have a Jewish background. For many, it is a time of fear and distress. Antisemitism is on the rise, fed by trends that threaten the fabric of European consciousness and values. Extreme right-wing movements are thriving – and they often carry elements of age-old European antisemitism. Europe has also been hit by the sectarianism and fanaticism that seeps out of the Middle East. Violent jihadism has struck in Paris, Copenhagen, Brussels and Toulouse. Violent radicalised youths only represent a tiny minority of Muslims, but they are dangerous and their numbers are growing in Europe. Their ideology of hatred finds fertile ground in pauperised suburbs and the racism that populist parties promote when they stigmatise immigrants.

It sometimes feels as if Europe is caught in a vicious circle where dismal economic figures and identity problems make communities ever more suspicious of one another. The lessons of Europe’s history should be drawn on constantly as an antidote to much of this. In 1989 I started travelling to Eastern Europe after the Berlin Wall fell, and some of the most moving experiences I had came from visiting the many places where Jews had disappeared because of the Nazi genocide: the ruins of villages in former shtetl lands; the empty, abandoned synagogues of Hungarian or Ukrainian cities; the neighbourhoods of Prague and Warsaw where Jewish artists, intellectuals and writers once brought a unique and essential ingredient to European culture."

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Guardian ned 8. maj 2016., 10:48
 
"In a prolix profile in The New York Times of Barack Obama’s deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes, a startling admission comes from Obama’s former Secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta; he states that Obama was lying when he said he was serious about preventing Iran from getting nuclear weapons.

Panetta admits that as secretary of defense, his job was to keep Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel and his defense minister, Ehud Barak, from launching an airstrike on Iran’s nuclear facilities. Panetta states that the two men wanted to know whether Obama was serious about not allowing Iran to get a nuclear weapon... "

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DailyWire.com ned 8. maj 2016., 10:45
 
"If you’ve spent any time discussing or reading about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, I guarantee you’ve heard some variation of this statement:

OMG, Jews think any criticism of Israel is anti-Semitic!

In the interests of this post, I’m going to assume that the people who express such sentiments are acting in good faith and really don’t mean to cause pain to or problems for Diaspora Jewry. For those good-faith people, I present some guidelines for staying on the good side of that admittedly murky line, along with the reasoning why the actions I list are problematic. (And bad-faith people, you can no longer plead ignorance if you engage in any of these no-nos. Consider yourselves warned.) In no particular order... "

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Tumblr ned 1. maj 2016., 16:47
 
"The National Antisemitic Crime Audit from the non-governmental group Campaign Against Antisemitism said that nearly 1,000 incidents were reported in 2015, representing a 25.7% increase in anti-Jewish crimes on 2014, and making it the worse year on record.

Data collected from all of the country’s police forces showed that during 2014, UK police forces recorded 746 anti-Semitic crimes; that figure rose to 938 in 2015.

Violent crime jumped to 196 incidents, a 50.8% rise, in 2015 and accounted for 20.3% all crime against Jews, compared to just 126 incidents representing 16.9% of violent crimes the year before."

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TimesOfIsrael.com ned 1. maj 2016., 16:39
 
"Racism is not a specific illness but a general sickness. Display one symptom and you display them all. If you show me an anti-Muslim bigot, I will be able to guess his or her views on the European Union, welfare state, crime and “political correctness”. Show me a leftwing or Islamist antisemite and, once again, he will carry a suitcase full of prejudices, which have nothing to do with Jews, but somehow have everything to do with Jews.

The Labour party does not have a “problem with antisemitism” it can isolate and treat, like a patient asking a doctor for a course of antibiotics. The party and much of the wider liberal-left have a chronic condition.

As I have written about the darkness on the left before, I am not going to crow now that it has turned darker than even I predicted. (There is not much to crow about, after all.) I have nothing but respect for the Labour MPs who are trying to stop their party becoming a playpen for fanatics and cranks. It just appears to me that they face interlocking difficulties that are close to insoluble."

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Guardian ned 1. maj 2016., 16:37
 
"Do you have a Holocaust joke?"

That was director Ferne Pearlstein's first, ice-breaking question when she sat down to interview comedians for "The Last Laugh," her documentary about taboos and comedy, particularly in regard to the Holocaust.

Gilbert Gottfried, master of the over-the-top punchline, didn't miss a beat.

"There was a Holocaust?!" he replied. "Nobody told me!"

"The Last Laugh," which premiered this week at the Tribeca Film Festival, pokes and prods at the question of "Where's the line?" in comedy, teasing out comedy's cathartic, healing role in even the worst tragedies. It's a debate with many differing perspectives, even in the comedy community where stand-ups are often taken to task for "going too far" or "too soon."

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New York Times sub 30. april 2016., 13:40
 
"There was word, Csanad Szegedi was told, of a secret so explosive it would destroy his career.

By 2012, the 30-year-old Szegedi was a rising star in the hothouse world of Hungarian politics, vice president of the extreme-right Jobbik party and a Member of the European Parliament. Jobbik had, in less than a decade, taken on an outsize place in Hungarian politics, resuscitating a long-dormant authoritarian tradition, and its deeply held anti-Semitic prejudices along with it. In 2007, Szegedi had helped to form the Hungarian Guard, a brownshirt organization whose iconography deliberately, and frighteningly, echoed that of the World War II-era Hungarian Fascist Arrow Guard. The rumor being peddled by Zoltan Ambrus, an ex-skinhead with a grudge, was that Szegedi—an anti-Semitic provocateur and pronounced Holocaust skeptic who had once made reference to the extensive damage done to the Hungarian Holy Crown by Jewish artists and intellectuals—was himself Jewish.

Szegedi, in disbelief, turned to his grandmother, Magdolna Klein, who shocked him by confirming the story in all its details. Not only was she Jewish, but she was herself a Holocaust survivor."

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Tabletmag.com sub 30. april 2016., 11:02
 
"UNESCO, the United Nations body responsible for protecting historical and archeological sites throughout the world, has changed its language for the Temple Mount, acquiescing last week to a request by the Palestinian Authority that it refer to the site using the term "Al-Aqsa mosque" only.

This means that the organization has de facto accepted the Palestinian position that denies any connection between Mount Moriah (the Temple Mount) and the Jewish Temples and rejected Israel's position that the Temple Mount is the holiest site for the Jewish people.

The decision was taken at the UNESCO Steering Committee's semiannual conference, which condemned Israel for "aggressive actions at Al-Aqsa mosque." The decision passed in a vote of 33 to six, with 17 abstentions. Countries that supported the decision included Russia, France, Spain, Slovenia, and Sweden."

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Israel Hayom uto 19. april 2016., 13:35
 
"In 2010, aged 35, Rebecca Traister got engaged. Friends and family were delighted, but their reaction made her feel uncomfortable. "Some of the social approval I was getting really bothered me - the hearty congratulations - as if getting married was the greatest thing," she says.
Traister grew up on a farm, daughter of a Jewish father and a Baptist mother. She wasn't raised in either tradition, but "the family celebrated lots of holidays… Not religiously: secularly, familial-ly." She was the only Jewish child at her mostly Catholic primary school. "I was acutely aware of my own Jewishness," she remembers. "I had tremendous identity as a Jewish kid. It made me singular and unusual."
After college, Traister moved to New York where, for 15 years, she remained single. This, too, felt unusual to her. Indeed, many of the unmarried women whose stories are threaded through her fascinating and timely book All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation feel as if they are on the outside. But they are not. As Traister tells me, "it doesn't feel normal to be unmarried - but it is."

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Jewish Chronicle uto 19. april 2016., 13:24
 
"Mazel tov to the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw, which has been named 2016 European Museum of the Year by the European Museum Forum.

The award was announced Saturday at a ceremony in San Sebastian, Spain.

The Forum operates under the auspices of the Council of Europe. The Museum of the Year award is granted to newly-opened or refurbished museums. POLIN’s elaborate core exhibit, which tells the story of 1000 years of Polish Jewish history, opened in October 2014 in an award-winning building located on the site of the World War II Jewish Ghetto and the main pre-WW2 Jewish quarter."

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Jewish-heritage-Europe.eu sre 13. april 2016., 21:15
 
"Israeli ambassador Zina Kalay Kleitman said in an open letter on Thursday that the new documentary film Jasenovac - The Truth offered a selective view of history and was offensive to the families of those who died at the concentration camp.

Kalay Kleitman attended the premiere in Zagreb on Monday of the Croatian-made film, which has also caused outrage among Croatian Jews for appearing to downplay the scale of the violence at the concentration camp.

“Since I am Israeli, and a descendant of a family that was hit by Holocaust, I wanted to see and look at the film, which, in my opinion, very selectively shows history, attempts to revise historical facts and offends the feelings of people who have lost their loved ones in Jasenovac,” she wrote in her letter."

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Balkan Insight pet 8. april 2016., 11:55
 
"The Board of Regents of the University of California on Thursday adopted what it is calling “Principles Against Intolerance,” in response to reports of anti-Semitic incidents on UC campuses. A Regents committee had unanimously approved of the principles on Wednesday and sent it to the wider Board for the final vote.

The principles state that in certain circumstances anti-Israel sentiment constitutes anti-Semitism, a point that critics of Israel challenge and some people fear will chill free speech.

“Anti-Semitism, anti-Semitic forms of anti-Zionism and other forms of discrimination have no place at the University of California,” the working group said in a statement accompanying the principles. “Members of the UC community have come forward with concerns that anti-Semitic stereotypes and tropes of Jewish people appear coded as political discourse about Israel and its policies.” It added that anti-Muslim sentiment in the wake of global attacks by “self-identified religious fundamentalists” is just as problematic."

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Newsweek sub 2. april 2016., 16:14
 
"On September 11, 1962, a German scientist vanished. The basic facts were simple: Heinz Krug had been at his office, and he never came home.
The only other salient detail known to police in Munich was that Krug commuted to Cairo frequently. He was one of dozens of Nazi rocket experts who had been hired by Egypt to develop advanced weapons for that country.46 Comments
HaBoker, a now defunct Israeli newspaper, surprisingly claimed to have the explanation: The Egyptians kidnapped Krug to prevent him from doing business with Israel.46 Comments
But that somewhat clumsy leak was an attempt by Israel to divert investigators from digging too deeply into the case — not that they ever would have found the 49-year-old scientist.+
We can now report — based on interviews with former Mossad officers and with Israelis who have access to the Mossad’s archived secrets from half a century ago — that Krug was murdered as part of an Israeli espionage plot to intimidate the German scientists working for Egypt.46 Comments
Moreover, the most astounding revelation is the Mossad agent who fired the fatal gunshots: Otto Skorzeny, one of the Israeli spy agency’s most valuable assets, was a former lieutenant colonel in Nazi Germany’s Waffen-SS and one of Adolf Hitler’s personal favorites among the party’s commando leaders. The Führer, in fact, awarded Skorzeny the army’s most prestigious medal, the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross, for leading the rescue operation that plucked his friend Benito Mussolini out from the hands of his captors."

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Forward.com pon 28. mart 2016., 22:44
 
"In the wake of deadly terrorist attacks at Zaventem Airport and Maelbeek metro station in Brussels on Tuesday that killed at least 31 people and injured about 300 others, law-enforcement agencies in Europe’s major cities are scrambling to beef up security at airports and transport hubs.

This latest horrific incident – and the revelation that the Islamist suicide bombers were known to police and yet still managed to access the airport’s departure hall — has intensified speculation that European countries will get serious about adopting tough Israeli screening methodologies long considered the world’s best practices."

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